from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling or characteristic of a puppy.
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- adj. With the playful, innocent, eager to please or energetic qualities of a puppy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a puppy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of a puppy
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Canseco, longhaired still, strong-jawed still, has a kind of puppyish charm and a forthrightness that make you want to root for him.
The jokes worked well, the earnestness of the math student Hal came through as a puppyish eagerness that made it seem like he didn't know most of it was funny, which only added.
Perhaps the hysteria that greeted his atypically spectacular goal in the Manchester derby had at its core a release of pent-up prodigy anxiety, a reclutching to the maternal bosom, slot-mouthed with buried disappointment, of our puppyish infant-genius.
The most notable contributors are an unusually puppyish Yorkshire, who fielded a team that included 10 Yorkshiremen against Nottinghamshire, six of them aged 23 or under.
“We have, in Lebanon, some people who share the dream of the terrorists,” a puppyish twenty-three-year-old named Ahmed al-Masri told me, shouting to be heard over the loudspeakers as we walked in the funeral procession.
Leach could have killed him, but, having evidently filled the measure of his vengeance, he drew away from his prostrate foe, who was whimpering and wailing in a puppyish sort of way, and walked forward.
She sniffed noses with him, and even condescended to leap about and frisk and play with him in quite puppyish fashion.
Russert, less puppyish but still in over his head, asked Republican Chairman Michael Steele during MSNBC's coverage, about Steele's party's increasing number of victories.
His next date was a summer show with the magician David Nixon, and for this appearance he meticulously worked out the characterisation for which he became famous: variously known as Norman or The Gump or Pitkin? an enthusiastic, puppyish little man with a too-tight tweed jacket and crooked cap.
Here he imparts a weariness to a character who has seen and done too much - which makes an interesting contrast to the eager but not puppyish Grace.